SACRAMENTO — After failing to reach agreement with opponents Wednesday, the Deukmejian Administration abandoned its efforts to reverse Friday's surprise Senate rejection of its plan for a new state prison near downtown Los Angeles.
Sen. Robert Presley (D-Riverside), who is carrying the measure on behalf of Gov. George Deukmejian, persuaded the Senate to place the bill in a two-house conference committee in the hope that a compromise might be found before the Legislature's Aug. 29 scheduled adjournment.
"We just said to heck with it," Presley said. "If we do this (going to conference), then we have gone this one extra step . . . and I don't know what else we can do."
The Administration originally opposed putting the bill into a conference committee, fearing that it might never re-emerge.
But Presley took the action after it became clear that the governor did not have enough support in the Senate to force reconsideration of the Senate's earlier rejection of the prison plan.